Scouts named grand marshals for Tupelo parade

TUPELO – The Boy Scott motto is “Be Prepared”; on Dec. 5, it’ll be “Be Prepared for Christmas.”
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in the Yocona Area Council will serve as grand marshals for the 61st Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade. More than 30 Scouts, parents and siblings attended the announcement at Reed’s Department Store in downtown Tupelo on Monday.
“I can see y’all now, coming down the road,” Camille Sloan, executive vice president of R.W. Reed Co., told the Scouts.
Scouts from Yocona’s 12 counties are invited to lead the parade.
“Maybe they can get the first two miles for their hiking merit badges,” said Mayor Jack Reed Jr., president of Reed’s.
Along the route, Scouts will collect canned goods to feed the hungry.
“All of the food that is collected stays in food pantries and food banks in Lee County,” said Brian Stegner, Yocona Area Council Scout executive.
With the Scouts in front, Santa Claus will have his traditional place of honor at the end of the parade.
In between, you’ll find the Express Employment Professionals Clydesdales, thanks to Jim and Julianne Goodwin, owners of Express Employment Professionals in Tupelo and Booneville.
The horses have appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Tournament of Roses Parade.
Debbie Brangenberg, director of Tupelo Main Street Association, said Dec. 5 will be a packed day, including a community tree-lighting ceremony and concert from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Fairpark.
For information about the parade or other events, call the association at (662) 841-6598.

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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